Wyoming Apiary Map

Wyoming Apiary Map

A new Wyoming Apiary Map is available online. This reflects quite a change at the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, where the Bee Laws were an informal means of maintaining a ‘good old boys beekeeper’s club’. The apiary records were such an embarrassing mess, that the regulators often asked about the need for bee regulation. I suspect they hoped the whole thing would go away before […]

Oxalic Acid Shop Towels

Oxalic Acid Shop Towels

Randy Oliver has been testing the effectiveness of oxalic acid soaked shop towels against varroa mites. And has published some new results. This approach appears very promising for anyone who wants to effectively treat for varroa without contaminating the bees, equipment or the environment. It’s simple. Blue shop towels, containing oxalic acid dissolved in glycerin and water, are put inside the hive above the broodnest. […]

Audacious Beekeeping

Audacious Beekeeping

I’ve spent decades tripping my way toward natural beekeeping. But that’s not necessary now. Beekeepers know that doing beekeeping as usual is no longer practical, let alone sustainable. It’s going to take some audacious thinking and action to move beekeeping successfully into the future. To that end, Bee Audacious gathered up a wide variety of researchers and beekeepers to discuss bold, new beekeeping ideas. And […]

Top Bar Hive Design

Top Bar Hive Design

Interested in designing a top bar hive from scratch? My Build a Top Bar Hive page describes the process. But Mogans Jensen has illustrated and detailed the process in his more than 80 page Beekeeping with Apis cerana indica. It’s with a slightly different bee than our Apis mellifera. But the principles are the same. And it’s a very interesting read for anyone interesting in […]

Mud Song

Mud Song

Mud Song is a beekeeping blog well worth a visit. Phillip Cairn writes: I have kept honey bees in and around St. John’s, Newfoundland, since 2010 and I use this mighty blog to document all of my successes and failures. I try to keep everything simple and practical. I’m not a certified master beekeeper yet but I’ve done my homework, enough to satisfy my unambitious […]

Top Bar Beekeeping in Paradise

Top Bar Beekeeping in Paradise

Jan Rasmussen is an adept top bar beekeeper. And she is obviously having fun and loving it. A great way to keep bees in paradise. If you like the video, you’ll like her site at ParadiseNectar.com. -bwguy

Ohio State Beekeepers Association

Ohio State Beekeepers Association

The OSBA has a mininal looking site. Don’t be misled by the minimalist appearance or you’ll miss a beekeeping treasure. Beyond it’s great coverage of regional and association information, additional resources are available. A few of note are: best management practices and queen rearing resources web based introductory beekeeping program lots of videos down loadable book pdfs archived newsletters It’s a content rich site that’s […]

Gastropod’s Buzz on Honey

Gastropod’s Buzz on Honey

Gastropod, a favorite food/science podcast, discusses The Buzz on Honey. Enjoy! I did. -bwguy

Bees Teaching Each Other

Bees Teaching Each Other

When the light is low and just right, it’s possible to follow a bee’s flight path. On occasion, I’ve observed pairs of bees leave a hive and fly in close formation. It was obvious one bee was following the other. Was it being taught? Small cell colonies initially detect and remove mite infected pupa. Although the effects were dramatic, many colonies still perished. But after the […]

University of Guelph Honeybee Research Center

University of Guelph Honeybee Research Center

The Honeybee Research Centre, at the University of Guelph, is a beekeeping resource worth spending time at. Besides conducting research, they’ve created a Video Library, with more than 3 dozen videos that are second to none. Those videos show much of the nuance and art of beekeeping that’s so easily lost in text. And they cover a broad spectrum: getting started with bees working with bees […]

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